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The Atari 2600 is considered by many to be the father of modern video game consoles, and brought gaming to the mainstream. Systems that came after it were influenced by the 2600's use of game cartridges instead of tapes, that were used previously. It was hugely successful, selling over 30 million units, with Pac-Man selling 7 million copies making it the best-selling game for the Atari 2600.


  • Status: Discontinued
  • Availability date: Oct. 14, 1977
  • Price at launch: $199.00


  • Alias: VCS, Sears Video Arcade, Video Computer System

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  • Color: Black / Brown
  • Exterior surface: Matte


  • CPU brand: MOS
  • CPU model: 6507
  • CPU speed: 1.19 MHz


  • Physical controller port(s): 2
  • Controller connection: Wired


  • Game media: Cartridge


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